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Subscriber Special – Missouri is becoming Illinois

July 6, 2016 10:00 AM
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In Missouri, it's legal for state vendors to fund the war chests of politicians.
In Illinois, it's called 'pay-to-play.'
 
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Is Illinois Exporting Corruption into Missouri?
Forbes | June 6, 2016
 
Across America, taxpayers are concerned about politicians rigging the system.
 
A prime example is the campaign fund of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 
 
During the 2015 mayor's race, we found 600 Emanuel donors who contributed $7 million in campaign cash (2011-2014) while their affiliated companies received $2 billion in city payments (since 2002).
 
If Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer's (R-Columbia) campaign for Attorney General is any guide, it looks like the "Show Me" state may be following in Illinois' footsteps. 
 
We discovered that, since 2008, Kurt Schaefer raised $720,000 in campaign cash from 271 individual donors and their affiliated companies that also received $3.1 billion in state payments. Schaefer is the state senate appropriations chairman. 
 
Since 2008, Kurt Schaefer's Top 30 campaign donors (receiving state payments) gave $436,000 in campaign cash, but received $1.2 billion in state payments.  All of these transactions, at arm's length, are legal in Missouri.
 
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Search the FY2015 Missouri State Checkbook for payments to vendors, click here
 
At Forbes, search the FY2015 Missouri state checkbook on our interactive map. We found many conflicts-of-interest regarding Sen. Schaefer.  What will you find?
 
The #1 manufactured product in Illinois is corruption. If Missouri doesn't reign in unethical politicians, then Illinois will have a leading export.
 
 
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